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Eric Kolelas Finds Tenderness at the End of the World in ‘Hold’

Actor/Director Eric Kolelas returns to DN to share the inspiration which led him to subvert the typical post-apocalyptic narrative in his new short film ‘Hold’.

Playing a Game of Perspectives & Dimensions in Joan Guasch’s ‘Apocalipsi’ Music Video

Director Joan Guasch tells DN how he stayed on top of his topsy-turvy music video for Jansky track ‘Apocalipsi’.

Food Dwelling Ghosts & Bears on Bicycles, Welcome to Gus Péwé’s Askew Short ‘Same Ghost Every Night’

Director Gus Péwé tells DN how he used the happy accident of unscripted moments as the creative lifeblood for his charmingly askew short ‘Same Ghost Every Night’.

Clément Oberto Takes ‘One Step’ into an Odyssey in Sweetness in his Hybrid Music Video/Short Film

Existing somewhere within the nebulous intersection of the short film and the music video, Clément Oberto explains how he and a team of trusted collaborators made their way towards a contemplation on love, time and life trajectory in ‘One Step’.

Hu Wei Explores the Erosion of Tibetan Culture in Oscar Nominated Short ‘Butter Lamp’

Ostensibly the story of a photographer and his assistant capturing family portraits of the inhabitants of a remote Tibetan village, Hu Wei’s experimental short ‘Butter Lamp’ proves itself to be a multilayered thesis on the influence of globalisation and the erosion of Tibetan culture. DN caught up with Wei to discover how he went about blending fact and fiction and why a single image almost brought the whole production to a violent end.

Jessica Ashman Finds Acceptance of the Other in her BAFTA Winning Stop-Motion Short ‘Fixing Luka’

Premiering online here at DN, Jessica Ashman’s beautifully intricate stop-motion short ‘Fixing Luka’ tells the affecting story of Lucy, a girl who believes she can fix her broken brother if she just finds a way into his head. Jessica tells us about the development of her first professional short and how she marshalled the talents of a multi-disciplined team of creatives to create an award winning film about love and acceptance.

Love Runs Volatile Yet Tender in Sakari Lerkkanen’s Shivum Sharma All These Years Music Video

Finnish Director Sakari Lerkkanen draws from a past spent living on the fringes, to deliver the deeply emotive tale of a couple’s fractious relationship for Shivum Sharma’s ‘All These Years’ music video. DN invited Lerkkanen back to discuss the challenges of installing dark narratives into the music video structure.

Striping Back Filmmaking’s Safety Nets to Create an Authentic Short in Dee Meaden’s ‘Sibling’

DN caught up with Director Dee Meaden ahead of her short ‘Sibling’s’ LSFF screening to discover how working without the usual production safety nets created an environment of creative risks and authentic performances.

Spacey Blak Captures a Compelling Portrait of Artist Mathieu Ajan in Guerrilla Short ‘Something Hit Me’

London based Director Spacey Blak straddles documentary and fiction with ‘Something Hit Me’ – a portrait piece created for artist Mathieu Ajan. Blak takes DN through the down to the wire production of his debut short.

Fermín Cimadevilla Repurposes Fashion Film Aesthetics for Chulius & The Filarmónicos Music Video ‘Don’t’

Perfectly posed, beautifully shot and intriguingly alluring, Fermín Cimadevilla’s ‘Don’t’ for Chulius & The Filarmónicos track ‘Do Not’ is a music video which could easily go toe to fabulous toe with any of the new season’s fashion films. DN caught up with Cimadevilla to find out more about the inspiration behind ‘Don’t’.